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Planning, manoeuvring and strategic thinking in political circles

Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Hello to the Mayo Advertiser readers.

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Teachers have vital role in young people's lives

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Because I could not stop for Death

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Selection convention season is in full swing

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Well, the selection convention season is in full swing.

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Do we want reform or do we just not care?

Fri, Oct 11, 2013

So, the Seanad survived the chop, the people have spoken or to be more exact around 40 per cent of them have. The right to vote and shape the future of our country is something that was struggled for for hundreds of years, but when two questions to shape the future direction of democracy and the legal setup of the nation was asked, 60 per cent of the people didn't even bother to show up and have their say.

So what do people want? do they want reform or do they want, what some see as an elite, outdated second chamber that both sides of the argument seem to agree isn't working as it should to stay. The winning “no” side can say that it's a vote for reform of the upper house from the people. But is it really a vote for that, when six out ever ten people eligible to vote, didn't even bother having a say on the issue. It would have been the same if the “yes” side had won. The people have spoken, well as I said some of the people have spoken, the majority of people it seems aren't too bothered.

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The quest for childhood adventure in a changing Ireland

Fri, Oct 04, 2013

The experience of childhood in Ireland has changed much over the last few decades. Where once Irish rural life and even the rural towns offered an adventure land fuelled by the vivid imagination that comes only with childhood, modern Ireland offers not a playground, but an arena of protection, insecurity and fear.

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A football story

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

September ’13 in Mayo, it’s All Ireland season.

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Sunday brings us all together, no matter where we are

Fri, Sep 20, 2013

By the time next week’s issue of the Mayo Advertiser hits the shelves, hopefully we'll be basking in the afterglow of a day to remember for many years ahead. Sunday's games have given the people of this great and proud county something to think about and concentrate on for the past few weeks. The All-Ireland has enabled us to forget about or worries for a few brief flickering weeks, as the hunt for tickets and the build-up of excitement about the games has taken hold and pushed our financial, social, and other concerns to a small corner of the mind. Not that they have gone away or been forgotten about at all, but it has given us something positive to concern ourselves with. It has also created a great sense of community spirit and kinship from the top of Bangor Erris to the bridge in Shrule as we have all rowed in behind James Horan and Enda Gilvarry and their two teams of heroes.

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Have you got any tickets?

Fri, Sep 06, 2013

It has been the talk of the county since we woke up bleary eyed and with hearts still racing on Monday August 26. ‘Tickets’. It’s the one word that’s probably been uttered more around the county in the past fortnight, than any other.

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Thousands of Irish are still sailing

Fri, Aug 30, 2013

“Thousands are sailing, Again across the ocean, Where the hand of opportunity, Draws tickets in a lottery,” goes the second chorus from The Pogues’ song ‘Thousands are Sailing’ from 1988. While that song has its basis in the emigration history of the past, it is pretty relevant today with the most recent release of information from the Central Statistics Office.

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Testing times ahead for parents as well as students

Fri, Aug 16, 2013

Wednesday saw the weeks and months of mounting pressure lifted for the 1,619 young men and women in Mayo who received their Leaving Cert results. The hard work, the effort, and the bit of luck they were looking for will have hopefully paid off for them, when they opened the envelope as they walked out of their secondary school for the final time. What’s next in store for them will come to pass early on Monday when the first round CAO offers come through their letterbox or the nervous click of a mouse or tap on a smart phone if the check online, from the literal crack of dawn, when the offers go live at 6am.

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A new journey begins...

Fri, Aug 09, 2013

For many young Irish this weekend will be their last as true dependants on their parents. With the Leaving Cert results coming out on Wednesday thousands will begin preparations for leaving home for the first time to start fending for themselves. And while their financial dependence on mammy and daddy will probably increase, they will be tasked with daily chores and responsibilities that many never pondered how they got done up until now.

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A musical tribute to a true Mayo hero

Fri, Aug 02, 2013

We’re creatures of habit in this country. Not ones for moving away from the norm. This is especially true when it comes to socialising. We go out at the same time to meet the same people, frequent the same establishments and drink the same drinks. During the summer we might throw a concert or two into the mix. But for the most part we don’t exercise our cultural minds.

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